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Christopher Cerrone ’14 DMA wins Rome Prize

Cerrone_ChristopherComposition alumnus Christopher Cerrone has been named the winner of the Samuel Barber Rome Prize for 2015–2016. The awards were announced recently by the American Academy in Rome. The annual Rome Prize Fellowship supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome.

Cerrone, a composer, will use his time in Rome to compose new works inspired by Italian architecture, art, and acoustics. In 2014 Cerrone was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his opera Invisible Cities, which the Pulitzer jury called “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 30, 2015
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Julia Wolfe ’86 MM wins Pulitzer Prize in Music

Julia Wolfe | Photo by Peter Serling


Julia Wolfe ’86 MM has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her piece Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the twentieth century.” The piece was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program.

The Mendelssohn Club and the Bang on a Can All-Stars premiered the work in Philadelphia 2014. The piece was later included in the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY Phil Biennial festival.

Wolfe, a co-founder of Bang on a Can, is the second composer from the group to win a Pulitzer. David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA, another co-founder, won in 2008 for The Little Match Girl Passion. Wolfe’s piece Steel Hammer was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. MORE

Published April 21, 2015
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Alumna Polina Nazaykinskaya awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

nazaykinskaya_polinaComposer Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10 MM, ’13 AD has been awarded the 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of thirty selected from a wide variety of fields to receive the fellowship, which provides tuition and living expenses for a graduate degree program. Nazaykinskaya is currently pursuing her doctorate in composition at the City University of New York.

The announcement noted that “this outstanding group of New Americans includes researchers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, translors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and future doctors and lawyers.” The fellows hail from more than twenty countries. MORE

Published April 15, 2015
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Sean Chen awarded fellowship for career development from Leonore Annenberg Fund

chen_sean2Pianist Sean Chen ’14AD is among five emerging artists who will receive grants from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. The fund awards $50,000 a year for up to two years to artists who have demonstrated great talent and are on the cusp of a professional breakthrough.

In addition to Chen, the third-place finisher in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the awards will go to Julia Bullock, a soprano who won the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions; Caitlin Cherry, a visual artist whose work was on view in a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013; McKenzie Chinn, an actress, writer and filmmaker who has appeared in productions at the Goodman Theater and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago; and Joseph Gorak, a soloist with American Ballet Theater. Sean Chen will receive a two-year award of $100,000. Each of the four other recipients will receive one-year awards of $50,000.

Including the current group, the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund has paid or pledged more than $5 million over the last eight years in career-development grants to artists to create work, receive training, travel to performances, develop studios, buy materials, pay for living expenses and health care, pay down student debt, or otherwise develop their talents to their fullest. The arts fellows, selected in consultation with partner organizations, work under the guidance of mentors chosen by the partners and the Leonore Annenberg Fund. MORE

Published April 7, 2015
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Yale alumni win awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Several Yale alumni are among the winners.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Joan Tower (chairman), Samuel Adler, Martin Boykan, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Aaron Jay Kernis. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Harold Meltzer ’97MMA, ’00DMA and Kevin Puts ’96MM were among the four winners of the Arts and Letters Awards in Music. The $10,000 awards honor outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledge composers who have arrived at their own voices. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  MORE

Published March 3, 2015
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Christopher Cerrone ’14DMA wins ASCAP’s Leonard Bernstein Award


Christopher Cerrone

Composer Christopher Cerrone, who was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music, received the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award. Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein presented the award to Cerrone at the ASCAP Foundation’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony, which was held on December 10 in New York City. MORE

Published December 11, 2014
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Alumni duo New Morse Code receives grant from Chamber Music America

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The cello/percussion duo New Morse Code has been awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. The duo — made up of percussionist Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA and cellist Hannah Collins ’08MM, ’09AD — will work with composer Christopher Stark on a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics.

The grant will support the creation of this new piece, which will be premiered in the 2015–2016 season. Called The Language of Landscapes, Stark’s composition will leverage the unique sonic terrain of cello and percussion—transforming real and imagined landscapes into compelling musical spaces.

The journey created in the piece will begin with Michael’s Southwest desert home, traveling through the deciduous hills of upstate New York (Hannah’s home) and finally towards the wide sky of Christopher’s northern Rockies.


Published October 1, 2014
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Andy Akiho ’11 MM wins ACO’s Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

akiho_h_webComposer Andy Akiho has been named the winner of the American Composers Orchestra’s 2014 Annual Underwood Emerging Composers Commission. Chosen from seven finalists during ACO’s 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings in April, Akiho will receive $15,000 for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season.

The Underwood Commission is one of the most coveted opportunities for emerging composers in the United States. Akiho won the prize with his work Tarnished Mirrors.

ACO music director George Manahan said, “When the musicians of ACO and I performed Andy Akiho’s Tarnished Mirrors, we discovered a work of intense pulse – music with syncopations, cross-rhythms, and metric modulations. His clarity of orchestration reflected a deep understanding of idiomatic writing for the individual instruments and an original palette of colors. We look forward to performing a new commissioned work of Andy’s next season.” MORE

Published September 10, 2014
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins New Orleans International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya-webMarianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM, ’10AD won the gold medal in the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition. In addition to a $15,000 cash award, the prize includes opportunities including a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and performance bookings with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prjevalskaya was the first woman to win the competition since 2005, when Tanya Bannister ’01CERT took the gold. The jurors awarded Prjevalskaya the medal based on her work in three live performances during the weeklong competition, which took place in New Orleans. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Yale awards Honorary Doctor of Music degrees to Joseph Polisi, Ralph Stanley

Joseph Polisi

At Yale’s 313th Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 19, the University awarded honorary degrees to twelve “individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields.”

Among these awards were two Honorary Doctor of Music degrees, awarded to Joseph Polisi ’73MM ’75MMA ’80DMA, and Ralph Stanley. MORE

Published May 28, 2014
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